Creamy Split Pea Soup

Creamy Split Pea Soup
Creamy Split Pea Soup

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    lb. bacon, diced, crisply cooked and 2 to 3 T. drippings reserved

  • 1

    onion, diced

  • 2

    stalks celery, diced

  • 8

    c. water

  • 16-oz. pkg. dried split peas

  • 2

    potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 2

    t. salt

  • 1/4

    t. pepper

  • 3

    cubes beef bouillon

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 1

    c. half-and-half

Directions

Heat reserved bacon drippings in a large soup pot; sauté onion and celery over medium heat until tender. Add remaining ingredients except half-and-half; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 45 minutes, until peas are very tender. Discard bay leaf. Fill a blender 3/4 full with soup; blend to purée. Return to soup pot; stir in half-and-half. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, until heated through. Serve with reserved bacon on top. Serves 8.

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